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Benjamin Percy
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The Ninth Metal

(The Comet Cycle #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  11 reviews
"Take one part dystopia, one part sci-fi, two parts apocalypse, then ride them roughshod through a bleak and bloody western, and it still wouldn't get close to what Ben Percy does here, which is blow open the core of humanity's dark heart."
-Marlon James, Booker Prize award-winning author of
Black Leopard, Red Wolf

"Whether you choose to think of him as the Elmore Le
Published 2020 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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"The Ninth Metal" is a trip into a speculative universe that is in one sense very recognizable and in another sense entirely unrecognizable. The book is at once science fiction, but also contains old themes of warring Hatfield and McCoys and of the prodigal son returning to his hometown, but finding himself a stranger in a strange land.

The world suddenly changed forever when meteors rained down from the sky, meteors so large that they obliterated big things, particularly in the economically dis
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A comet has left deposits of a new mineral called omnimetal on Earth. The mineral is a source of power, has superior conductive ability, is addictive if smoked or snorted and has had an unusual impact on some of the people who were exposed to it. Two mineral companies are warring over control of the large omnimetal supply in Minnesota. A large deposit is controlled by a weird cult that refuses to sell. At the same time, the Defense Department is conducting extreme experiments on a 15 year old bo ...more
Di Maitland
3.5*s. I really enjoyed the first two-thirds of this book; I felt rather let down by the last third. It was the character building that won me over and the world-building that lost me. There was huge potential for change and transformation, but we only see a little and hear of a little more. Perhaps this is something Percy will build upon in the next book. I'd be tempted to read it.

'Take one look and you think you're in a piny postcard advertising Vactionland. Blink a few times and you realise y
Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it
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Book Review: The Ninth Metal
Author: Benjamin Percy
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Mariner Books
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Review Date: December 23, 2020

From the blurb:
“From award-winning author Benjamin Percy comes an explosive, breakout speculative thriller in which a powerful new metal arrives on Earth in the wake of a meteor shower, triggering a massive new “gold rush” in the Midwest and turning life as we know it on its head. The first of a cycle of novels set in a shared universe.

Apr 03, 2021 rated it liked it
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A superhero origin story in disguise as a rough family drama.

Only, the superheroes are more anti-hero. There's really no likeable characters in this book. John, arguably, the main character is a murderer and his family is basically the local mafia. Stacie, the rookie cop, is a wholesome character but is changed by the events of the book. Victoria basically tortures a kid "for science" but knows it's wrong and wants to free him. There are other characters that come and go, all are driven to extr
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC!

When I saw a new book by Benjamin Percy, I jumped all over it! I have enjoyed most of his previous works and I will say that overall I liked this book. The premise is super interesting and part of me hopes that he will explore tidbits from this book in other books. The idea that pieces of a comet effect earth in different ways and how this changes people is pretty creative and I really thought all of that was great. In fact, the premise carries a lot of this story
Ryan R
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My thanks to Netgalley for sending me a ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is great!! I confess that I had never heard of Benjamin Percy before reading this book, but he is clearly a very talented and creative writer. While this is definitely a Sci-Fi and fiction book, it also has an element of realism at its core that helped ground it for me, and made it far more enjoyable. The characters were very well written and believable. I particularly enjoyed the complicated fami
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A page turning thriller that is of this world but at the same time not. After the first chapter this book had its fangs in me and I could not put it down.

A story of many different individuals in a world that has been turned upside down by the arrival of a new alien metal that quickly becomes more valuable than diamonds and gold. No one really understands the full potential of the mysterious metal, or of its origin. Those who work closely with it are affected by it immensely, those who control i
Sean Graham
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When coming into this novel I didn't know what to expect - the synopsis makes it sound like a 'near' future dystopian western which sounded a little strange. However, I was surprised at how easily I was able to get into this as it is more about the character building than the world itself. Man, I loved to hate these characters, eliciting a response in me as none of them are 'good', rather, they all paint themselves in shades of grey. The new metal that is at the heart of this story plays a pivot ...more
Anna Szabó
This was my second book by Benjamin Percy and I liked The Ninth Metal but I expected something else. I liked the parts about the boy and John and I guess I hoped the story would revolve more around them and their abilities instead of a police investigation and family drama.
I will give the next book a shot becuase I hope more will be revealed about them.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy.
Kee Hoo
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
THE NINTH METAL by Benjamin Percy

The premise of this book sounded good, that I would enjoy it. Unfortunately, I was unable to get "into" it. I've tried several times, at several different points in the book. Nothing really grabbed me.

I received a complimentary copy of #theninthmetal from #netgalley I was under no obligation to post a review.
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Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels, The Dark Net (HMH, 2017), The Dead Lands (Grand Central, 2015), Red Moon (Grand Central, 2013) and The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010), as well as two books of short stories -- Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk -- and a craft book, Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in Esquire (where he is a contributing e ...more

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